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Researchers study bed alarms for nocturnal seizures
Date:2/13/2013

iddle of the day to make sure she was OK," Mark Sharpe said.  "It would be awesome to have a monitor that would send me a signal that she was having a seizure. Then I wouldn't have to worry."

James Wheless , MD, co-director of the Neuroscience Institute at Le Bonheur, said he hopes this research will bring parents relief. "The ideal goal is for the child's seizures to be controlled with treatment. For the child or adolescent in whom this may not be possible, the next best thing is the parent knowing when they have a seizure, so they can respond to them. These devices allow the family to do this -- and for the parents to have some piece of mind. This is critical, because a poorly rested parent is not going to take good care of their child with a medical illness."

The first study is "Prospective Study of 2 Bed Alarms for Detection of Nocturnal Seizures," which was published in the Journal of Child Neurology in October 2012. This study reviewed two models of the MedPage bed alarms. The researchers, led by Stephen Fulton , MD, found that these products do not adequately detect nocturnal seizures.

The second study, "Prospective Study of the Emfit Movement Monitor," has been accepted for publication. In this research, the Emfit movement monitor proved to perform better than the MedPage bed alarms. The Emfit detected 84 percent of nocturnal tonic-clonic seizures. The team, led by Kate Van Poppel , MD, added that future advancements in these alarms to detect respiration or heart rate may further improve the ability to detect seizure events.

The third study that is now underway involves the SmartWatch, which uses a watch-like device to detect excessive and repetitive movement and sends a text to a family member's phone.

Le Bonheur is home to one of the country's leading pediatric epilepsy programs. The Neuroscience I
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